April 12, 2021

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Rio Ferdinand believes David de Gea could be set to leave Manchester United (Pictures: Getty / BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand believes David de Gea could be set to leave Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to star Dean Henderson against Premier League rivals Brighton.

De Gea has been ahead of Henderson in the pecking order at Old Trafford for most of the season, but it was the England international who started for the visit of Brighton on Sunday.

Solskjaer played down the significance of the decision – insisting that both De Gea and Henderson would feature in goal between now and the end of the season – but Ferdinand believes it may be the beginning of the end for De Gea at Manchester United.

De Gea has made more than 400 appearances for the Red Devils since joining the club in 2011 but Ferdinand says his former team-mate will not settle for a No. 2 role and will likely leave this summer.

Speaking ahead of United’s Premier League clash against Brighton, Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘You’ve got two options: you fight for your position or you say, “that’s me done, I’m off and I’ll go somewhere else.”

‘If Dean Henderson finishes the season as number one, I don’t see De Gea staying there. No chance, I don’t see it. I think he’ll go out now.

‘His wages will be a determining factor but at the end of the day, two number ones doesn’t work. De Gea has been a mainstay in the team but Ole is maybe seeing things differently now.

Dean Henderson started United’s Premier League clash against Brighton (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s put Henderson in front of him in the queue. Does De Gea accept that and stay? I don’t think so.

‘Henderson has been waiting for this opportunity. Now the pressure is on him. Can he live up to the hype? I’m excited for him and looking forward to see what he can do.

‘Solskjaer has seen something in him but he has to perform now. It’s okay being number one at Sheffield United, but it’s a different kettle of fish at Manchester United.

‘David will be supporting his team-mate but when he gets home tonight, his pride and ego will be hurting, and if it’s not, he shouldn’t be here. He’s in the prime of his career and he wants to play every week.’

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